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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

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Address: 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Phone Number: 315-797-0000
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Renowned art collection,...

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Renowned art collection, exhibitions, and education programs presented in a famous museum building designed by Philip Johnson and a superbly restored Victorian mansion, Fountain Elms. Performing arts include international soloists and ensembles, rising stars, cinema, outdoor concerts and special events. School of Art offers a nationally accredited college program, PrattMWP, and community art classes for all ages. Art Shop Gift Gallery. Museum admission is free. Open year-round, Tues - Sat 10 – 5, Sun 1 - 5.

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A wonderful collection far beyond what you would expect for this size community

You come to see Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" and Pollack's 13' masterpiece and notice what a wonderful collection of other art is on the walls. The depth of their works of art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Paul S
Smithfield, Virginia
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Smithfield, Virginia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You come to see Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" and Pollack's 13' masterpiece and notice what a wonderful collection of other art is on the walls. The depth of their works of art exceeds any I've seen in upstate New York museum and many in NYC. It may seem a little out of the way but makes for a great... More 

Thank Paul S
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Went to the Monet and Matisse collection of paintings. The paintings were fabulous and the tour guide was so knowledgable and interesting. I live local and will definitely visit often. It was very enjoyable!

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Utica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

A beautiful building, designed by Philip Johnson, housing one of the best collections you'll see in a city the size of Utica. Specializing in American, there are classics here as well as superb contemporary pieces. Definitely worth the visit, especially if you're interested in 19th century or early 20th century American. Thomas Cole, Quidor, Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper, much more.... More 

Thank RonL40
Utica, New York
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I was recently able to see paintings done by famous impressionist artists the likes of Monet, Degas, Renoir and many more within minutes of my home. The visiting exhibits this little museum brings in are a real treasure. Equally wonderful for the community as a whole is the annual sidewalk art show, which highlights and displays the work of local... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We took our classes here on a couple of field trips. It is a local gem. It's nice to know that we have various traveling museums at our disposal. One in the past was on Egypt, a topic of our curriculum.

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The Adriondacks, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Solid collection of Art. Some nice exhibits pass through. The Andy Warhol exhibit last winter was really good.

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saratoga springs NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Another lovely day spent @ MWPAI in Utica. Besides historic home & furnishings, have museum with exceptional exhibitions & permanent collection. Great modern art! Came especially for tour of French Impressionist exhibit. Lunch in cafe always good.

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western new york
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Who knew such a place could be found in Utica? The existence of the Institute tells another story of one family's 19th century prosperity and later generosity. there is plenty to look at. The tone is set by the lovely space in the entry punctuated by a long wonderful Jackson Pollack. I think the collection would benefit from some more... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

On our day off, we headed to Utica to taken in the impressionist exhibit "Monet to Matisse" and it was such a joy! I learned a lot and we thoroughly enjoyed our day!

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Albany, New York
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Although I've lived about an hour drive from the museum for approximately 40 years, I never visited it. The collection is small but impressive and well displayed. The only problem I had was that signage was small and placed rather low and not well lighted so I had trouble reading and put a strain on my back even though I... More 

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